New study aims to reduce NHS prescribing errors

Posted by pt91 at Apr 30, 2013 10:14 AM |
ePIFFany Project combines expertise from Schools of Medicine and Management
New study aims to reduce NHS prescribing errors

The ePIFFany (Prescribing Insight for the Future) Project team.

Researchers at the University of Leicester are aiming to improve the prescribing behaviour of junior doctors in the NHS which will save lives as well as time and money.

Dr Rakesh Patel from the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, together with Dr Ming Lim and Dr Will Green from the School of Management, were recently awarded a grant from the East Midlands HIEC to develop an educational intervention for reducing prescribing errors among junior doctors.

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) reported a significant year on-year increase in the reporting of medication incidents from England and Wales in 2007 and misprescription is currently costing the NHS over £70 million per annum.

The team aims to use different angles to both understand and reduce this problem and allow them to disseminate the results of this study into the medical community, which will change attitudes and increase awareness of the importance of a ‘safety culture’.